javascript code for document.evaluate (xpath) in IE

Hello,
would you tell me how to write this code to support also IE?
if (!document.evaluate) {
  alert("Sorry, cannot do that. Your browser does not support the evaluate method!");
  return null;
}
var a_el = document.evaluate(".//tr/td/a[contains(@id, 'foo')]", table_node, null, XPathResult.FIRST_ORDERED_NODE_TYPE, null).singleNodeValue;

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Thanks, Aryeh.
tuchfeldAsked:
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mcnuteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
To use jquery is your best option:

$('table tr td a').each(function(){
   if ( $(this).attr('id').match(/foo/g) ) {
   //  do something with it
   }
});

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MrunalCommented:
Hi Aryeh,

I think IE does not support this property. My suggestion is go with jQuery.

Check this out:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4681968/document-evaluate-cross-browser
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tuchfeldAuthor Commented:
Mcnute, can you tell me.
in your jquery code, where do I use the table_node variable?
(this is the ONLY table in the document I want to search in).
Thanks.
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mcnuteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
if it is the only table in the page, then my code snippet will do. Otherwise give your specific table an id.

var table = $('#id_of_the_table').find('a');

table.each(function(){
   if ( $(this).attr('id').match(/foo/g) ) {
   //  do something with it
   }
});

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tuchfeldAuthor Commented:
ok. thanks.
can I use table_node element instead of $('#id_of_the_table') ?
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mcnuteCommented:
you can give whatever id you want, unless it begins with an alpha value from a-z. id's like 1-item are not allowed since it starts with a number.

So it can be $('#table_node'), yes.
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tuchfeldAuthor Commented:
I mean, what if the table_node is DOM element?
retrieved somehow (it has NOT an id property).
e.g. table_node = some_element.parentNode.childNodes[3]; // etc.
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mcnuteCommented:
If you know that it is the third table in the DOM, then you can do something like this:

$('table:eq(2)').find('a');

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Considering that index starts at 0 so your first is 0, second table is 1, third is 2.

Am I understanding you right there?

You seam to know which table that is. You have a varialbe with the object of the table stored in it, right? You can just use it as is:

var tablea = table_node.find('a');

tablea.each(function(){
   if ( $(this).attr('id').match(/foo/g) ) {
   //  do something with it
   }
});

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tuchfeldAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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